Help Us Change Lives

A dear friend made the statement to me once, “It’s hard to write a check just because you’re talented.”

I’ve thought long and hard about this statement through the years. In one sense, I understand what he meant. It IS hard to dole out dollars to “starving artists” who are trying to live from the proceeds of their music making, dancing, painting, or writing. I’ve come to see, however, that there are two important distinctions between supporting our ministry and just “paying for art.”

First, we are all about ministry. That’s what we do – we encourage, build up, bring hope, pray, and lead people into a greater sense of the presence of God through our efforts. This is no small thing. I can’t escape the sense that God has called me to this lifelong pursuit as opposed to trying to be in music business for my own gain, per se.

Second, Biblical ministries have always been supported from outside themselves. This is seen both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The ongoing ministry of the Jewish temple was supported by the people. The priests were responsible for ministering to God and serving the people, but this effort was funded by the worshipers. Jesus Himself was supported by His followers once He left Joseph’s carpenter shop. Remember – Judas had control of the ministry accounts! Later, the Apostle Paul would state in several passages that he was dependent upon the gifts and generosity of the Asian churches. In this light, I feel that we’re in great company to ask you to do whatever you can to help.

With that in mind, just follow this link to our parent ministry  Artists in Christian Testimony International, scroll through the list of ministry “departments” they work with to “Imago Christi International/John Chisum” to make your contribution.

Please remember that we are dependent upon and very grateful for your giving!

You will receive a year-end giving statement from us (A.C.T.I.) in a timely manner.

2 thoughts on “Help Us Change Lives

  1. i just wanted you to know that at one point after finding out that many “Christian” artists and tv ministries were phonies, i became very disillusioned with Christian tv and music and stopped watching and listening altogether. i missed it but it was a deep sadness and conviction that i did not want to support phonies who were not truly surrendered to the Lord. During that time period I prayed to the Lord and asked Him for a name of a professional worship singer who had HIS approval. I reminded the Lord that He said “ask anything” and believe you have received it so I was expecting a name. One afternoon soon after that sitting at my desk at work, suddenly I heard the voice of the Holy Spirit more clear than I had ever heard it in my life clearly say “CHISUM …JOHN CHISUM!” at first i didnt know what to make of it but then remembered my prayer, grabbed my cell phone internet and googled the name as i had never heard of John Chisum and the search pulled up information on him and some youtube music specifically FIRM FOUNDATION from 1994. That particular CD has been such a tremendous blessing to me more than i can even describe and has ushered me into a worship experience I had never experienced before. I wanted to let John know that the Lord chose his name and his music to answer my prayer!!! How awesome is that!!! John Chisium you were personally recommended by name by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!!! –sincerely V.Z. Vineland, NJ

    • Victoria! Wow! What can I say?! An inspiration to search me out from the Holy Spirit is powerful indeed… and extremely humbling! God has used that recording in many, many ways and I am truly humbled and thankful that you have been blessed by it – thank you for letting me hear from you! God bless! John

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